seldan
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adverb
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
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seldan
(-on, -un, -um) ; cpve. seldnor ; adv. Seldom, rarely Seldan (-on) raro, Ælfc. Gr. 38 ; Zup. 240, 12 : Bt. 16, 1 ; Fox 50, 14. Oft nalæs seldan. Ps. Th. 74, 4. Tó seldan hit biþ, beó hit seldor on dæg ðonne seofon síðum, Btwk. 194, 11. Oft (of ? cf. Icel. of- too, and v. of-) seldan hwǽr æfter leódhryre lytle hwíle bongár búgeþ too rare are the cases in which after the fall of men the deadly weapon retires, or often after slaughter the spear is seldom at rest, i. e. in most cases frequent strife follows (cf. the first passage under seld-hwanne, and seldum hwonne), Beo. Th. 4063 ; B. 2039. Him seldon teola gespeów, Ors. 4, 5 ; Swt. 168, 19 : Bd. 1, 1 ; S. 474, 31 : Met. 28, 71. Seldon wé ǽnig seolfor fundon. Nar. 5, 15. Hwílon ic dó ac seldon aliquando facio, sed raro, Coll. Monast. Th. 24, 3. Se ðe him ealneg wind ondrǽt, hé sǽwþ tó seldon, Past. 39, 2 ; Swt. 285, 18. Seldun, 9 ; Swt. 57, 16. Seldum ǽfre, Salm. Kmbl. 540 ; Sal. 269. Ac ðeáh hí seldum hwonne (cf. seld*-*hwanne) beswemde weorþon ðonne sleáþ hé eft on ða solu but though on rare occasions they (swine) get washed, at such times they return to the mire, Bt. 37, 4 ; Fox 192, 28. Ðæt dysie folc ðæs hit seldnor gesihþ swíðor wundriaþ, Met. 28, 66. [O. Frs. sielden : O. H. Ger. seltan ; cpve. seltanor : Icel. sjaldan ; cpve. sjaldnor ; spve. sjaldnast.] v. un-seldan, seldor.
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